Last year, I made plants grow.

Deer kept eating the pepper plants
when I wasn’t home,
but I kept watering them anyway.

I grew too much cilantro —
sometimes I drank cilantro-flavored water
to justify the surplus.

I cut the chives too short
the first time I used them —
they didn’t grow but didn’t brown either.

Everything grew in its proper pot
for the couple of months
that Cleveland weather allowed.

But roots can only get so strong
in shallow pots.

I’d like some land,
some seeds, some time
to let roots take
and make trees grow.


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